17/04/2024

Jai Serong can play anywhere and may be a future star for the Dockers (Photo - AFL).

Jai Serong credits older brother Caleb for the role model he has been, and hinted at his chances of joining him at Fremantle in the 2021 AFL Draft.

With a name that will prick the ears of Fremantle supporters, it’s no surprise that Jai Serong may be heading the same way as older brother Caleb.

The utility possesses a lot to like for recruiters, with his tall frame and athletic prowess (he was joint winner of the vertical jump test at the draft combine earlier this year) making him a valuable option in most positions for any club.

Having witnessed his older brother Caleb become a key midfielder for the Dockers and win the Rising Star Award, Jai is hopeful he can emulate his role model.

“Caleb’s been a massive mentor for me and my whole career so far, he’s lent a helping hand with advice, he’s been massive in the last few years for me,” Serong told media at Vic Country’s training session on Monday.

And it looks like the pair could be sharing more in the coming years, as Serong confirmed Fremantle had initiated ‘a few chats’ with him.

“I have talked to them, but just like with any other club, I have no allegiance to them,” Serong said.

“I just will be grateful to go to any club.”

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With plenty of height but the uncanny ability to run past opponents and create, Serong could easily be played anywhere on a footy field. He’s spent a lot of his last few years playing in a wide range of roles, meaning he’s unsure where he’ll play when he gets to an AFL club.

With all that said, he’s got his sights set on a gig up forward.

“I’ve been thrown around a little bit this year,” Serong admitted.

“Playing forward as a high half-forward is where I see myself going into at an AFL club.”

“But I see myself having the scope to play anywhere and be moulded into any position that the coach and team want me to play in.”

Wherever Serong ends up playing, both in terms of club and position, he’ll be an asset to the football organisation. With rich pedigree in the sport and the self-awareness that young talent entering the system need to succeed in the cut-throat industry, he’ll be raring to make an impact in 2022.

Jai Serong (left) with brother Caleb (middle) during Caleb’s debut with the Dockers (Photo – Fremantle Dockers)

When pushed about where this drive comes from, Serong was quick to reminisce back to his childhood and the intense battles he played out with Caleb. Before too long, the pair may be able to return to their childhood, either on the same side or over the fence.

“I remember it started at a young age, I had some battles in the backyard, whether it was footy or cricket it was always competitive, and a healthy competitive at that,” Serong said.

“We pushed each other along and drove each other along, it’s good to have him there now as someone to compete with.”

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